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Tutored Tastings of Gin 2014

David T Smith

David Smith (Summer Fruit Cup -Gin competition judge and independent journalist)

David T. Smith is a drinks writer and gin specialist. He is the author of ‘The Craft of Gin’ and upcoming titles, ‘Forgotten Spirits & Long-Lost Liqueurs’ and ‘How to Make Gin’. He runs the website SummerFruitCup.com, judges for various international spirits competitions, and works closely with the craft distillers in the UK and US.


Origin Bulgaria (46.0% ABV)
Master of Malt
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
Spirit base: Grain
Botanicals: Single estate, cold-distilled juniper from
Veliki Freslav, Bulgaria.

Sipsmith VJOP (British Edition) (57.7% ABV)
Sipsmith Distillery
Hammersmith, London, UK
Spirit base: Barley
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, angelica, liquorice, orris, almond, cassia, cinnamon, orange, and lemon.

Gilpins (47.0% ABV)
Thames Distillers
London, UK
Spirit base: Wheat
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon, orange, lime, borage, and sage.
The water used to bring to bottling strength comes from the Holy Well Spring in Cartmel in the Lake District, England.

Two Birds Speciality Cocktail Gin (40.0% ABV)
Union Distillers
Market Harborough, UK
Spirit base: Grain
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, citrus, orris, and a mystery botanical.

Big Gin (47.0% ABV)
Captive Spirits Distillery
Ballard, Washington, USA
Spirit base: Corn
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander, angelica, bitter orange, grains of paradise, cassia, cardamom, orris, and Tasmanian pepperberry.